While some car owners prefer to upgrade vehicles every few years, others like to stick with the vehicle they love for as long as they can. If you are the type of driver who would like their car or truck to reach 200,000 miles, regular maintenance is an important factor to keep in mind, as is the particular vehicle you own. Money.com has mapped out which sedans, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles are most likely to go the distance, and PermaPlate has some tips that every car owner looking to get the most of their big purchase should try.
Perform Monthly Checks
Instead of waiting for warning lights to pop up on the dash, be proactive and take the time to check your vehicle’s tire pressure and fluid levels monthly. We recommend keeping a couple quarts of oil and some extra windshield washer fluid in the trunk, just in case you are low when you check.
Follow Maintenance Recommendations
Instead of only changing your oil when your annual inspection takes place, follow maintenance recommendations, having it changed every eight months (about 7,500 miles) to extend the life of your vehicle. When you have your oil changed, spend the little bit extra to have your tires rotated as well. This will help to ensure a smooth ride and even wear – which will save you money on new tires in the long run.
One maintenance check many drivers forget about is the filters. This extra step can add miles and many years onto your vehicles lifespan, Money.com recommends changing the passenger compartment air filter at 36,000 miles.
Pay Extra Attention at 100,000 Miles
Around the time your vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, there are some extra precautions you should take to protect its health. Start by checking to see if you need a wheel alignment to ensure that you aren’t wearing down your tires more than you need to be. Also have your timing belt and all of the other belts and hoses that make up your vehicle checked to ensure they are all in good shape. If any have begun to weaken, swap them out for new ones to keep bigger repair costs at bay.
As the mileage on your vehicle increases, so do the chances that you will need to have repairs made, making Prepaid Maintenance extremely helpful. For more information, contact us at 800-453-8470 to find a dealership near you that carries PermaPlate products.